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livejournal import failing on error: XML-RPC Request Failed

  1. I'm trying to import all the entires/comments from my former Livejournal blog, and it keeps failing immediately with:

    XML-RPC Request Failed -- Server: couldn't retrieve anum for entry at /home/lj/cgi-bin/ljprotocol.pl line 3952

    I'm not sure how to proceed. I have many entries, so retrieving XML files of the whole blog would be extremely tedious as an alternative option (ten years of entries, and LJ only lets you export a month at a time). Also, I'd really like to benefit from all the features of the API export detailed in this web page:

    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/even-easier-livejournal-migration/

    I have posted to the WP forums and opened a ticket at LJ as well:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/livejournal-import-failing-on-error-xml-rpc-request-failed

    http://www.livejournal.com/support/see_request.bml?id=1364544

    Responses to the WP forum post indicate that I am not the only user experiencing this problem. Not sure if a recent change to the LJ code or the WP code is at fault here?
    Blog url: http://trackofalljades.wordpress.com/

  2. Drat...I was trying to "open a ticket" not post to the forums a second time. Apologies. I find the "go to the support page, search, say no then post a ticket" process very confusing, apparently I got sidetracked somehow.

  3. There are numerous problems coming from LJ's end these days, and this is just one of them. All I can suggest is to either keep trying, or get the XML files.

  4. Thanks for the clarification, macmanx.

    I can now verify that this is definitely something screwed up on the LJ end of things. The exact same error is being reported by ljdump (most recent version, 1.5.1) when I run it on the command line on my Snow Leopard machine:

    couldn't retrieve anum for entry at /home/lj/cgi-bin/ljprotocol.pl line 3952

    Therefore it doesn't appear there's anything to "fix" with WordPress at this time. I'll pursue getting this figured out on the LJ side...wish me luck. :P

    P.S. if I succeed at getting entries and comments into XML, how do I go about getting those into a wordpress.com account?

  5. Oh dear, you're right, we don't have that here.

    If you do choose to go the XML route, let us know, and there may be some sort of manual process we can work up.

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